May/June 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 3 Nature's Nature: A Gathering of PoetryMay 1, 2015 |

The Great Chain of Being

The rain cowing ferns  the feral twittering of stars     What extremity roosts In the small hard hut of a snail?     Furiously, creation exudes  its particulars We put them in order  one fine medieval day     God at the top, angels next  and beneath The dimpled putto  wingless man     Canceling forests  grinding the extravagant Mountains down  the bees in fluorescent hives     Sweatshopping honey Yes, we dreamed ourselves  on high, nailed all     Beings below us in place A kind of comfort, I suppose  when the wind begins to blow     And the sea, rising  comes looking

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Clare Rossini’s most recent book, Lingo, was published by the University of Akron Press. She is currently completing a collection that includes poems about science, technology, and climate change. She is artist-in-residence at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she directs a program placing Trinity students in a public school arts classroom.

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